Panthers roll past Falcons again

by Greg Ceilley of The Review staff

NICK CASPER of Plymouth is fouled by Sheboygan Falls’ Joseph Van Engen during Friday night’s EWC basketball game. The Falcons’ Ryan Schmitt also defends. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley NICK CASPER of Plymouth is fouled by Sheboygan Falls’ Joseph Van Engen during Friday night’s EWC basketball game. The Falcons’ Ryan Schmitt also defends. — Review photo by Greg Ceilley PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Panthers dominated at both ends of the court as they overwhelmed Eastern Wisconsin Conference arch-rival Sheboygan Falls, 78-39, in boys basketball action before packed house here Friday night.

The Panthers upped their EWCleading record to 8-0 (11-3 overall). The Falcons slipped to 2-7 in the league (6-7 overall). In their first meeting this season, PHS cruised to a 78-38 rout.

PHS senior guard Kollin Neils scored 14 points to reach 1,000 for his career which ranks No. 3 alltime in boys basketball at the school. Dave Mikolyzk, a 1996 graduate, is No. 1 with 1,180, followed by Gabe Miller, a 1991 grad, with 1,127.

The Panthers took command of the game with an impressive 18-2 run which gave them a 24-12 lead after one quarter. Falls led 10-6 before PHS had its spurt. Neils scored six points, including a three-point goal, to lead the run.

The onslaught continued for PHS in the second quarter as the Panthers scored off their defense through steals, from the perimeter and by attacking the basket. The Panthers built a 45-22 halftime lead.

Falls’ defense was no match for Plymouth’s fast break, strong inside game and outside shooting.

“It was good for us to have a good start to the game. We built momentum early,” said Panther head coach Jason Duff. “Falls fought hard for a good part of the first half but defensive pressure has a way of wearing down a team. We did a good job on defense and turned a lot of steals into points.

“Our half-court offense was better than the last game [a loss to Port Washington on Tuesday]. We had good ball movement, attacked the basket and hit open threes,” said Duff.

Senior forward Eric Nygaard had an outstanding game to spark the Panthers. He had a team-high 18 points, seven steals and six rebounds. Tom Jankowski and Clay Henning also grabbed six boards each.

Neils and Collin Denzin paced

PHS in assists with four each. PHS had an impressive 21 assists.

“Eric played a sensational game,” said Duff. “He had a complete game and was very aggressive and very confident.”

“We played really good team basketball,” said Nygaard. “We got the ball moving and ran out [on fast breaks].

“We took advantage of their weak guards [as far as their ballhandling] and jumped on them right away. They didn’t have too many players who could handle our pressure,” Nygaard said.

“We had a complete game all around,” said Jankowski. “We kept the intensity up. We passed the ball around and were very unselfish.”

Matt Wilke led Falls in scoring with 13 points.

“I felt that we practiced hard and prepared well for Plymouth this week. They’re a good team. They kept coming at us and our defense didn’t react,” said Falcon head coach Jake Frohling.

“We didn’t execute well and they stopped us from running our offense. Their depth and speed controlled the game.”


In junior varsity action, the Falcons held off a huge rally by PHS in the fourth quarter to post a 64- 59 win. PHS dropped to 7-1 in the EWC (11-3 overall).

Falls led by 21 with 6:31 left in the game. PHS, which nailed eight three-pointers in the final period, got to within two but fell short.

Layton Albright and Samuel Staehling led the Panthers’ attack with 11 points each. Staehling had a team-high five assists and three steals.

Haris Avdic led Falls in scoring with 18 and Juwan Jackson hit 15.

PHS won the freshman game, 69-53, to move to 8-0 in the EWC (11-1 overall). Cody Kuhn exploded for 25 points to spark the Panthers and Alex Shutter added 15. Jake Willeford played well in reserve for PHS, said coach Scott Richards.

Trey Hake paced Falls with 15 points, followed by Jared Tenpas and John VanderPloeg with 11 each.



Score by Quarters

Sheboygan Falls...12 10 13 4 39
Plymouth…............24 21 20 13 78

Sheboygan Falls scoring: Matt Wilke 13, Austin Madden 6, Caleb Nysse 1, Jacob Brading 4, Jordan Jackson 7, Joe Van Engen 6, Nate Heili 2. Threepoint goals: Wilke 2, Madden 2.

Plymouth scoring: Kollin Neils 14, Nick Casper 3, Zac Cain 11, Brady Grapentine 6, Clay Henning 4, Collin Denzin 2, Tom Jankowski 10, Drew Schweiger 2, Eric Majerus 8, Eric Nygaard 18. Three-point goals: Neils 1, Jankowski 1, Nygaard 3.

Field goals: Sheboygan Falls 13- 41, 32%; Plymouth 33-58, 57%. Free throws: Sheboygan Falls 9-21, 43%; Plymouth 7-17, 41%.

Rebounds: Sheboygan Falls 15, Plymouth 33. Turnovers: Sheboygan Falls 16, Plymouth 10.

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